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(05 March 2000) Released after touring with Kitaro as his lead
Lorenza Ponce's debut album Imago
(Angel (USA) 7243 5 555568 2 0, 1997) was widely acclaimed as an
instrumental and vocal masterwork
(see Celestial Voices
©1998-2000 Graham Lubin). Since releasing Imago,
Lorenza Ponce has toured
on Sheryl Crow's 1999 Globe Sessions tour and was a
featured violinist and vocalist for new age megastar John Tesh's
One World 1999 tour. Ponce has also performed alongside
Stevie Nicks, Deborah Harry and did session work for Tricky, Jon
Anderson (Yes), Siverchair and Ben Folds Five as well as those
she has toured with.
Lorenza's second, self-titled album (LMP Records (USA) LMP 0101, 1999)
has pulsing world beats, exotic instrumentation and has culled its
inspiration from her travels around the world. It is indeed a
look straight into the heart of a mesmerizing artist.
The new album is comprised of eight stunning tracks with lush
worldly or contemporary classical crossover arrangements and feature
moody evocative and sensual vocals. Asian
and Middle Eastern themes derived from strings and percussion are
combined with contemporary electronic sounds to create a highly
memorable soundscape. Most of the album's tracks are produced
by Lorenza with Floyd Fisher.
Five of the tracks sport vocals while the
remaining three are purely instrumental. The percussion, vocals
and strings are introduced in the album's opening track "Deeply"
solos for each illustrate the virtuosity of the individual
Lorenza's vocals carry the song "Saved" supported by a light,
worldly instrumental arrangement. Multi-tracking in the chorus
adds an Enya-like texture to the sound. "The Vision" is an
especially worldly instrumental with supporting vocalise to add
texture. The violn work is gorgeous, naturally! "Ruby" has
stunning vocal work, sharp worldly percussion and a tremendous
string arrangement that contribute to the overall texture of
the track. "Into The Daylight" is written, performed and was
produced by Lorenza. Sensitive vocals and a more pronounced
violin arrangement with uptempo percussion contribute to the
accessibility of the song.
Lorenza's voilin virtuosity is the feature attraction in
the lovely ballad-paced instrumental "Can You Hear Me" which
like the track that follows moves away from the earlier world
sound of the album. She continues into the intro of "The Gift"
where her vocals resume. A soft, sensitive, multi-tracked
ballad, the song features stunning vocal work and equally
soft violin rich instrumental arrangements. In the album's
lovely classical contemporary crossover closing track,
"Beloved," multi-tracked strings seem to share a melody
similar to that from Mark Snow's "Suite from the X-Files"
Lorenza Ponce's self-titled album features world tunes,
sensitive ballads and classical contemporary crossover tracks
certain to please a broad audience. Checkout a soundbite at
With vocal and instrumental
virtuousity including spellbinding violin performances, her new
album is worth extensive exploration, a long distance journey
for sure—a must listen!